"A Taste for the Secret" was initially inspired by a series of dialogues between Jacques Derrida and Maurizio Ferraris.
The collaborative project was begun by Ralph Lichtensteiger and George Henry Koehler in October 2001. Due to unexpected difficulties in the process of composing and instrumentation, development was halted in late 2001. The material was put on ice, and only rediscovered in 2007. Seemingly irreconcilable contextual and aesthetic issues had averted the further development of this interesting conceptual sound journey.
When, in July 2007, we reviewed/revisited the "Taste for the Secret" folder, we discovered to our surprise that our response to this more-or-less abandoned 2001 material had changed radically with the passing of the years. Happy new ears! The interaction of the pieces, the instrumentation, as well as the musical significance at large, now seem fresh, more cohesive, and just perfect to us, the way we perceive it in 2007. And so, we deemed the project completed. We had achieved our goal without, at the time, realising it!
We therefore decided, on the spot, to share this unexpected treasure with all of you.
"'Leaving room for the other' does not mean 'I have to make room for the other'. The other is in me before me: the ego (even the collective ego) implies alterity as its own condition. There is no 'I' that ethically makes room for the other, but rather an 'I' that is structured by the alterity within it, an 'I' that is itself in a state of self-deconstruction, of dislocation." - Jacques Derrida & Maurizio Ferraris, A Taste for the Secret, p. 84 [Translated from the French and Italian by Giacomo Donis, Polity Press Cambridge UK, 2001]